"Fantastic urban fantasy"

She is known by many names; Slayer, vampire huntress and Neturu come to mind and she is feared by the forces of darkness who wants to destroy her before she reaches her twenty-first birthday and comes into her full powers. She is protected by seven Guardians and together they battle the creatures of the night. Her one weakness is Carlos who if he traveled another road would have been her guardian but at twenty-three he is a powerful mob boss who makes a fortune dealing drugs.

Fallon Nuit, a rogue vampire master wants to control all vampire activity on Earth and to have the slayer killed before her twenty-first birthday. He turns to Carlos but before the transformation is complete he is whisked away to the vampire council who will make him a master vampire if he destroys Fallon Nuit and the Neturu Damali Richards. He accepts the deal without signing any contracts because his own goal is to protect the slayer, even from himself and help her even though she discovers what he has become and rejects him.

Make no mistake, all the vampires in THE AWAKENING are evil beings who think of human beings as cattle. Carlos is different because as he was turned he was praying and so there is hope for him if Damali will give him a chance. This is a fantastic urban fantasy tale and all the loose ends will be tied up in the final book in this series THE HUNTED.

Harriet Klausner

Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted December 21, 2003


There is a vampire war brewing in the underworld and at the center of it all is Damali Richards, spoken word artist and Vampire Huntress. But she is not just any Vampire Huntress, she is the millenium Neteru. A woman so potentially powerful that the vampire world is about to invoke a bloody battle that threatens to spill over onto her streets in order to posses her. It's just a matter of who will get to her first. Fallon Nuit, a rogue vampire, is one of the most powerful Damali has ever encountered and he has allied himself with the deadly Amanrath demons in order to claim her. But the Vampire Council has plans for her as well. And now an unlikely variable has entered into the equation, an ex-lover now turned vampire with an agenda of his own. And she must risk trusting him once more if they are to survive.


The Awakening
(A Vampire Huntress Legend: Book 2)
by L. A. Banks

St. Martin's Press (Griffin)
January 1, 2004
Available: January 1, 2004
ISBN #0312316836
EAN #9780312316839
304 pages
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L. A. Banks

Shadow Walker
Left for Undead
Dawn and Darkness
Never Cry Werewolf
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The Shadows
Undead on Arrival
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Finders Keeper
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Hotter Than Hell
The Shadows
Bad Blood
The Darkness
The Cursed
The Forsaken
The Wicked
Vegas Bites
Love At First Bite
The Forsaken
The Damned
The Bitten
The Forbidden
The Hunted
The Awakening
Stroke of Midnight
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